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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

Seriously I think Sugaree is under sentence of death.

When they come to take you down
When they bring that wagon round
When they come to call on you
and drag your poor body down

sounds pretty much to me like someone being cut down from the gallows.

One last voice is calling you
and I guess it's time you go

What's the last voice? The one that calls you to meet your maker?

The protagonist, fearful of punishment for unknown deeds done doesn't want Sugaree dying with his name on her lips. The jubilee is most likely not coming and if he gets taken on the run he might meet Sugaree agsin - but not in this life.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jul 9, 2010 11:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

>>What's the last voice? The one that calls you to meet your maker?>>

That rare & different tune, come crying like the wind.


>>>The protagonist, fearful of punishment for unknown deeds done doesn't want Sugaree dying with his name on her lips. The jubilee is most likely not coming and if he gets taken on the run he might meet Sugaree agsin - but not in this life. >>>

Or it could be like you're not invited to the Jubilee, the slate is not wiped clean and you run for refuge and are born again in a lower world. Sugaree don't let that deal go down, or that pretty lady falls alone & ain't got no friend. Can't even patch the bones, just duck into a bardo and pray for better weather while under eternity nervous from the fall. Don't want at be treated this a way, shackled by chains of illusion.

If there's a "break up" I know that you'll think of ME only. It's alright bra, but in your steps alone you'll have to decide for yourself if you'll be thinking how you served somebody --- I, me, silver mine (all that fancy paints as fair) or the other one.

Judge decreed it. Your love for Me has got to be real. Never could reach, it just slips away, but try a little bit harder.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

It looks like Rob has this Sugaree thing all sewn up tight for me. Thank you for sharing these points. I love these lyrics. Same with Dark Star. I'm not at all a "lyrics guy." I'm in stitches right now.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: taper's tales

Hi Monte - been meaning to ask you this for some time. Is there anywhere you've gathered together all your taper's tales into one place? I looked on your website but couldn't find everything there. I reckon you have a story to tell!

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 9, 2010 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: taper's tales

I'm telling my Taper stories in bits and pieces on the Internet, in 2 places: The Archive, and The Festivarian Forum.

On the Archive, I'm beginning to expand into this area, as a psuedo digital archivist. I'm combining web authoring skills, my tapes, pictures, YouTube clips, and historical first-hand testimony of my observations and experiences. I have been upgrading my Items on The Archive, and linking to a few postings by other Forumites:

So, the answer to your question is, Yes! It's taken me over 2 years to get to this point. I've included biographical excerpts of many of the bands and artists that I taped. This short list has my best examples:

GD - my taping story for June 9 and June 10, 1973

Be sure to browse the NOTES section for these items:
Take It Easy Ranch Festival - my taping story - 1974-July-20 - Norman Blake, Vassar Clements, and Josh Graves are profiled.

Hillbilly Jazz - in Nashville, with Vassar Clements - April 4 and 5, 1975 - Doug Jernigan on pedal steel. Millie Clements' (Vassar's wife) story is copied and pasted here.

Bluegrass Alliance on September 23, 1975 - Vince Gill and myself were roommates. I was soundman. Their album is explained.

Boone Creek - March 1976 - Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill. I put the story here, and I added notes about the PA systems for famous Bluegrass bands.

15-year-old Mark O'Connor - Oct 1976 - his story is explained here

list of my tapes on The Archive - everything listed from June 9, 1973, are my tapes I've released so far.

Festivarian postings - my stories:
Monte comments on Newgrass history

Bluegrass Alliance - Newgrass Revival history dating back to 1969

from my website - I expect to dump my website later on, and move this over to The Archive:
Monte Barry technical profile - some pretty interesting background material

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: taper's tales

Monte - thank you for all those links! If I can help in any way, purely on the putting the words together side, don't hesitate to get in touch.

robthewordsmithATyahooDOTcoDOTuk

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

Now that part always made me think of the plague (Black Death) - the part about the wagon coming round to collect the bodies. But "take you down" also sounds like a reference to Christ. It doesn't quite fit together. If they're taking down a dead body, that person isn't going to be naming names, right?

reading way too much into this I'm sure.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:45am
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I have to agree with the plague reference for my imagery.

Just can't help hear the Python boys "bring out yer Dead bring out yer Dead"

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

LOL, yes the Monty Python sketch is exactly what I was picturing! The other image I have of the plague is from Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year (which is a really great read, btw, if you like reading about extremely morbid topics) and the images are pretty similar. Throwing bodies on a wagon suggests a mass burial, which suggests either a catastrophe such as an epidemic or else the burial of criminals who aren't thought to deserve proper rites.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

This plague idea is complete non starter, about as likely as the poisonous manta ray. The only body, so far as we know, is Sugaree's. Why is it being taken down, not simply picked up? If this were a plague song the imagery would be entirely other than it is here. It's a doomed relationship song.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Jul 9, 2010 10:17am
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Its the wagon reference to me also, I know its not a plague song but the imagery was medieval to me.

No accounting why some brains are wired the way they are. I guess I read to much Dark Ages literature at my Jesuit HS-lol.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 9, 2010 10:11am
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Maybe I'm thrown off by the wagon. The wagon to me suggests a mass burial, or at least an ignoble burial. But maybe it's just means a hearse. At any rate the "final taxi ride" (reckless Eric?)

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

I was staying at the Marriott
With Jesus and John Wayne
I was waiting for a chariot
They were waiting for a train
The sky was full of carrion
"I'll take the mazuma"
Said Jesus to Marion
"That's the 3:10 to Yuma
My ride's here..."

The Houston sky was changeless
We galloped through bluebonnets
I was wrestling with an angel
You were working on a sonnet
You said, "I believe the seraphim
Will gather up my pinto
And carry us away, Jim
Across the San Jacinto
My ride's here..."

Shelley and Keats were out in the street
And even Lord Byron was leaving for Greece
While back at the Hilton, last but not least
Milton was holding his sides
Saying, "You bravos had better be
ready to fight
Or we'll never get out of East Texas tonight
The trail is long and the river is wide
And my ride's here"

I was staying at the Weston
I was playing to a draw
When in walked Charlton Heston
With the Tablets of the Law
He said, "It's still the Greatest Story"
I said, "Man, I'd like to stay
But I'm bound for glory
I'm on my way
My ride's here..."


Now THAT's a 'last ride' song!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 10, 2010 2:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkXDLNRVMxY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMKLoE5uUu0

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2010-07-10 09:32:01

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jul 10, 2010 12:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

Everyone's body is taken down into the ground, or water or fire if they want to cut to the chase.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jul 9, 2010 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: no offense but

You all have got me thinking!

1st verse: The qualifier of "when" in the first verse implies that his body has not yet been taken down.Perhaps the call girl is talking about her pimp being taken away in a paddy wagon. Although she works for him, she expresses sympathy for him ("your poor body") in case he ever gets busted.

chorus: Though she feels bad for him, there ain't no way she's going down with his boat if he ever gets in trouble.

2nd verse: Though her pimp always acts so cool calm and in control when he is out in public, at the end of the day he is stressing. I mean, shit, it's hard to relax when you're livelihood is based in illegal activity.

3rd verse: Although the pimp is successful as far as pimps go, he still has to work hard and be out on the street with his girls rain or shine. I'm not really sure what to make of the one last voice... maybe its the last call of the night and the pimp has to keep working even though he is enjoying his time hanging out with his favorite girl?

4th verse: The girl says goodbye to her pimp and expresses hope that they will see each other again when they are both in a better place a long time from now. If they never make it to that better place, well they just might run into each other as they keep living their outlaw lives.

Overall, it seems as if the pimp and prostitute have a pretty good working relationship... maybe there's even some love/attraction between them that never gets to blossom because of the business they are in. There is a sense of finality (I guess it's time you go) like their relationship is coming to an end but they are not about to stay in touch. Is it meant to be? Well, well, well, you can never tell.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jul 10, 2010 12:30am
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There's no real indication of plagues or prostitutes. It seems to be more general, as in a death process like physical death which we all experience. Consider yourself already among the dead for best results.

Though the wagon could be run by patties...

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 10, 2010 5:33am
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There's no explicit reference to prostitution in the song, but that's what Hunter said. The plague thing I agree is a stretch.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jul 10, 2010 9:14am
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ah, "The song, as I imagined it, is addressed to a pimp."

For some reason I never thought of jelly jelly listening to Sugaree.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:41am
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I have always thought is was a song about death , and dying - in an unhappy place .

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:46am
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It's definitely the kind of subject matter that Hunter has a distinguished track record in. Sugaree was probably best buddies with Jack Straw.

:-)

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Jul 9, 2010 1:10pm
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Yes! As noted in one of the Grateful Dead comix that I used to collect and we all know are the definitive source of all lyrical interpretations it shows a body being cut down from the gallows and loaded into a wagon. So there!

No...I don't have any references, like dates or numbers or anything like that. Just my memory...crap...maybe somebody else remembers it.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 1:40pm
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Hah! My new best buddy! I knew I wasn't just inventing all this stuff...

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Jul 9, 2010 2:17pm
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Woo hoo! But will Dire be jealous?

I have a mental image of him seeking comfort in the hooves of a bloated bovine and it ain't pretty!

Anyone have an ice pick lying around?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 2:40pm
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Brother, all I can say is, if you're seeking comfort in the hooves you might just be setting your sights a little low...

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Jul 9, 2010 2:52pm
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Point taken...

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Poster: snori Date: Jul 9, 2010 8:02am
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I'll go along with that. After all prostitution isn't a capital offense (unless you're in Iran).

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 8:08am
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Yes. That's the kind of getting stoned that none of us would like to contemplate.

To be honest I just can't read a prostitution angle into the song at all. Just don't see it however I look at it.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:32am
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I agree except that's what Hunter actually said, right? Maybe he was trying to throw us off ...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:39am
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He did say that the song was addressed to a pimp (NOT a prostitute). Sugaree is a pimp? Seriously show me where in the song that's explicit.

Actually, thinking about it, if you were worried about losing your reputation if people found out you were one of Sugaree's girls, then yes, I guess it does fit. Kind of. I'm not convinced though.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 9, 2010 9:51am
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:)
No I basically agree with you it is not explicit, and I really can't make all these pieces fit ...

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